Sunday, July 24, 2016
Visitiors to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight enjoy a pre-concert supper before the perfomance by Cracked Ice. The New York City-based retro-nouveau soul/R&B band is led by saxophonist Crispin Cioe (Uptown Horns, J. Geils Band, Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels” tour.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
A small fire behind a grill at Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East, brought a full response late today from the Westport Fire Department. The fire was quickly put out and it was quickly back to business as usual.(CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Westport firefighters pack up their gear after responding late today to a fire behind a gas grill at Shake Shack, 1849 Post Road East. The fire was quickly extinguished. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Pet Supplies Plus, 1870 Post Road East near the Fairfield town line, has closed. A sign in the window says: “Hey Neigbors: We would like to inform you that our time is up. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the last 20 years of your loyalty and support.” It said to watch for a new location “coming soon.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The owners of the house at 22 Crooked Mile Road are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Robert G. Shaw, who has lived in the house with wife Katerina since 2005. According to Weingarten, the 1930-built house, was built for the renowned artist, Charles Prendergast (1863-1948). According to Shaw, Prendergast’s widow donated her husband’s art to the Williams College Museum of Art, which now houses the largest collection of Prendergast’s work. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Saturday was graduation day for the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service spring EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course. Pictured are four of the graduating students, who are now eligible to become state-certified EMTs, running a mock cardiac arrest call under the supervision of lead instructor Pasquale Salvo. WVEMS has annouunced its fall EMT/EMR class with details at www.westportems.org. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com
A Westport youth escaped serious injury early today when he lost control of his BMW and rolled over on to the driveway of 60 Roseville Road. Homeowner Linda Gramatky Smith, who has experienced numerous crashes at the sharp curve in front of her house over the years, called police when she heard the car hit a stonewall. She also called the parents of the youth, who was examined at the scene by medical personnel. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
A stonewall and pillar in front of 60 Roseville Road were damaged early today as a Westport youth failed to make a curve and rolled over his BMW. He escaped serious injury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
11:15 a.m. - Captain’s Cove Marina, Black Rock Harbor, Bridgeport - Westport Historical Society Captain’s Cove Tour
3 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
7 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - Cracked Ice
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
“The Invisible Hand,” a tense drama of a financial futures trader kidnapped and held hostage for ransom in Pakistan, opened tonight at the Westport Country Playhouse. Taking a bow after the performance were (l-r): Jameal Ali, Fajer Kaisi, Eric Bryant and Rajesh Bose— an internationally diverse cast playing the roles of Pakistanis, Kaisi was born in Iraq, Ali in London and Bose in Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
UPDATE A one-car crash into a utility pole tonight caused no injuries but brought down wires, shutting down Sturges Highway near Cross Highway.
The incident at about 10:30 p.m. damaged the utility pole, and fire units on the scene said it had to be replaced. The task was not completed until shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday when the road was reopened.
The downed wires were not electrical, only cable television and telephone wires, according to reports from the scene.
Police asked drivers to avoid the area of Sturges HIghway from Cross Highway to Pilgrim Trail.
Katie and Barrett Ward belatedly celebrate their wedding tonight with family and friends at Westport’s Vespa Restaurant. The couple was married in the former Katie DeKraker’s childhood Westport Old Hill Farms Road backyard on May 2, 2015 before her husband, an Army major from Plano, Texas, was deployed unaccompanied to South Korea for a year. Katie, a 2005 Staples High School graduate (who made a WestportNow appearance that year), is an instructor at the New York Center for Autism Charter School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs performed at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts tonight. They brought the exuberant sounds of the steamy bayous of southwestern Louisiana to the hills of New England to the dancing audience. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Bonita Weisman of West Hartford played the rubboard in tonight’s River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs performance at the Levitt Pavilon. Weisman has been teaching, performing and choreographing in Hartford since 1983. She also maintains a private practice as a muscular therapist through her business, West Hartford Massage Therapy. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) J.C. Martin for WestportNow.com
After a day in which temperatures reached into the mid-90s, many people turned out tonight at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts to cool off with River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
A 23-year-old former Westport man was killed by lightning while at a suburban Denver golf course, authorities said.
He was identified as Peter J. Hawkes, who attended Staples High School in his freshman year and graduated in 2011 from New York’s Xavier High School. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015.
Hawkes and another man were struck just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Tree Golf Course in suburban Arvada, the Denver Post reported. Other reports said they were under a tree.
Hawkes spent several hours in a burn unit but was pronounced dead by 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Denver Post said. The condition of the other man was not available.
The owners of the house at 349 Wilton Road are the newest recipients of a Westport Historical Society (WHS) historical plaque. Bob Weingarten, WHS plaque historian, presented the plaque to Kris Toohey who, with her husband John, have occupied the house since 2010 and are Westport residents since 2006. According to Weingarten, the 1834-built house, known as the Captain Alfred Taylor House, was built by Taylor, a captain in the state militia. who also owned a dwelling at what is now 316 Wilton Road, built prior to 1832. Kris Toohey said the meticulous renovations she and her husband incorporated into the house were a “labor of love.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Runners set out from Compo Beach toady for the fourth in a series of 10 progressively longer distance races known as the Saturday Westport Road Runners Summer Series. Today’s race was 4.1 miles. The races, now in their 54th year, wind up on Sept. 3 with a 10-mile run. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Westport Arts Center - “SOLOS 2016”
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Library - Gaming Saturdays in the Great Hall
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Earth Animal (606 Post Road) - Little Black Dog Rescue Adoption Event
Noon - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “the beautiful POND”
1 p.m. - Westport Library - Fairfield County Writers Group Open Meeting
2 p.m. - Westport Library - Themed Crafts for All Ages
8 p.m. - Westport Country Playhouse - “The Invisible Hand”
8 p.m. - Levitt Pavilion - River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar
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Friday, July 22, 2016
The North Miami, Fla. police officer who shot an unarmed black man lying in the street with his arms in the air this week is a 2004 Staples High School graduate, according to friends and school records.
Jonathon Aledda 30, had served on the Florida police force for four years, city authorities said.
At Staples, he was a linebacker on the football team, ran on the school’s track team, and also participated in an advanced culinary arts class, according to locals. His family owns a house on Pleasant Valley Lane, not far from Staples, as well as a home in Miami, according to public records.
Aledda is reportedly being represented by the local police union after he shot Charles Kinsey Monday as the victim was lying on his back and complying with police orders.
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